London Cowling is a simple, unisex cowl – and we can say that because men have asked for the sample. It is, apparently, ‘perfect’ for cycling in. It’s knitted on biggish needles for this weight of yarn, but that makes it super-squooshy and warm. We use a provisional cast-on (whichever one you like, we’re not fussy) and then finish off with a 3-needle cast-off so you should really only have 2 ends to sew in and you’re done. Simple, but extremely effective. Tension: 21sts and 32 rows to 10cm over garter slip stitch pattern on 6mm nds after steaming / wet blocking, but as this is a cowl it’s probably more important that you have a fabric you like rather than struggle to match one that we specify. Be aware though that if your tension is very different then your yarn requirements will differ, too. Finished size: approximately 29cm (11½”) deep and 64cm (25¼”) circumference after steaming / wet blocking. Yarn: Town End Pure Alpaca DK yarn – you will need 2 50g balls.
6mm needles, or the size required to give you the correct tension. Your preferred needle / latch hook for darning ends in
The pattern has two sizes given and two different weights. So you can knit a small cowl that will pull over your head and give a snug, tuck-into-your-coat cowl (like the London Cowling) if you knit the smallest size in the DK. The larger one gives a cowl that you can twist and wrap round twice for warmth / effect. The Chunky yarn will give cowls that are slightly bigger in circumference than the DK ones, measurements given below. We have knitted the cowl in our DK yarn – you will need 2 x 50g balls for the small size and 4 x 50g balls for the large. We have also knitted it in Town End Pure Natural Aran Alpaca and you will need 3 50g balls for the small size. The pattern is easily adapted for any yarn if you knit a tension square first.
Finished measurements: For the DK (and our Aran version) cowl: 58(116)cm / 23(45¾)” circumference, depth 31cm / 12¼”.
Thistle is a simple and classy scarf which can be easily adjusted to make a wider stole or a throw blanket, and may be knitted in any weight of yarn. Sizing: In 4-ply yarn at suggested gauge, the scarf will measure about 12” wide by 80” long, depending on how aggressively you block the lace. To adjust width, add or subtract a multiple of 10 sts. Materials:
Yarn: 600 yds of sock weight or 4-ply yarn
Needles: US # 5 / 3.75 mm (or as req’d to meet gauge);
Gauge: 24 sts / 4” in stocking stitch
Notions: stitch markers, darning needle